Cansdell ready for round two
NEWS of Steve Cansdell throwing his hat back in the ring of state politics has generated a mixed reaction in the community.
Yesterday I asked shoppers in Prince St what they thought of the decision, and responses at each extreme of the spectrum were volleyed back – some which couldn’t be published.
But in all instances it was a buzz topic that sparked a lively and animated reaction.
He has his followers – I suspect a lot. He was gone before I arrived in the Valley, but the impression I get is he stood up for this place and had the respect of a lot of people.
As one woman said, his indiscretions simply made him human.
But many are unwilling to ever forgive. Mr Cansdell knows that, which is why he is a brave man.
He will be bombarded by his opponents, the naysayers will be relentless, and win or lose he’ll need to cop a lot of punches to last the full 12 rounds.
There is one salient point Mr Cansdell made at his announcement at the Grafton Hotel on Wednesday morning – his presence in the political arena is a win-win for the Clarence Valley.
If Country Labor’s Trent Gilbert hadn’t already put forward a genuine challenge, the Nationals certainly have a fight on their hands to retain this seat now, and that means money and election promises into the electorate.